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Fostering in Herefordshire

Getting the information you need about fostering in Herefordshire

Whether you have only just started thinking about fostering in Herefordshire or you have decided you want to become a foster carer, you may find that you still need a lot more information to get started.

Nexus Fostering is looking for foster carers throughout Herefordshire, in places such as Hereford, LeominsterLedburyRoss-on-WyeKington and Bromyard.

If you just want to find out general information about becoming a foster carer, please feel free to browse our website or give our friendly team a call on 0800 389 0143 for an initial chat. If you have decided you want to become a carer, you can find out more about the assessment process here. Give our team a call or make an online enquiry and they will be able to instruct you on what to do next and how to get started.

Would you make a good foster carer?

The fact that you are reading this means that you already have an interest in foster care which is a great start! We are very open to accepting carers from a variety of different backgrounds, whether you are a single man or woman, unmarried couple or married couple and regardless of your sexuality, race or religion, you might be just what we are looking for.

The type of person who makes a good foster carer is passionate, caring and understanding with a tolerant, positive approach. You should enjoy the company of young people and children and be open to fostering young people of all ages and backgrounds. You will need to dedicate the majority of your time to caring for your foster child and make them a priority in your life, as well as providing them with their own bedroom in your home.

What would you be responsible for as a foster carer?

The responsibilities of a foster carer vary widely but you need to be aware of the limitations of your responsibilities too. The birth parents may still have a say in their child’s life and you will need to follow the guidelines set out by the fostering agency. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing a safe and stable environment
  • Encouraging good physical development, including nutrition, health and hygiene
  • Catering to the foster child’s emotional needs
  • Ensuring the foster child is receiving a good education
  • Nurturing their social skills

What kind of help is offered to you?

In order to ensure you can perform as a foster carer to the best of your abilities, we offer help financially and emotionally as well as providing constant support and training. When fostering with Nexus, you can expect to receive all of the following:

When you foster with Nexus, you are never alone. You will have regular visits and phone calls from your dedicated social worker as well as 24/7 support from our wider team. We host regular events for you to meet other foster carers and share your experiences and our training sessions ensure you have all the tools and skills you need to succeed. We have been awarded Outstanding Ofsted rating for the support we provide to our carers and have received great feedback from the carers themselves too:

"We have received lots of training and all has been very useful" - Aliyah & Ethan

"Nexus are always there to offer help and support; they couldn't be better" - Morgan & Bev

"We have 24-hour support if needed. Someone is always on call from Nexus out of office hours. My Social Worker has always been there for us, as a family, at times of crisis. A member of Nexus is always with us at placements, reviews and any significant meetings" - Lee & Andi

"Support has been consistently very good from all members of Staff. Any questions/queries have been answered and dealt with quickly and efficiently, no matter how small or large" - Andrea

What To Do Next

If you would like to know more information about fostering a young person in Herefordshire, enquire today and help a young person rebuild their lives. If you still need more information please look at our drop in events here.

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